Take-away from Politico story about Center for Election Systems hack: if you talk about this, the people downtown will crush you.

Today’s report by Politico’s @KimZetter on the security breach at the Center for Election Systems (CES) is a compelling must-read companion to this and this. Tick-tock starts last August, when 29 year old Logan Lamb from Oak Ridge National Laboratory stumbled onto 15GB of apparently sensitive material relating to CES administration of Georgia’s voting machines.

…his curiosity turned to alarm when he encountered a number of files, arranged by county, that looked like they could be used to hack an election.

Lamb notified Merle King, director of CES. King seemed to be most concerned that Lamb keep the information to himself and warned him to not talk to the media about it, telling him

“It would be best if you were to drop this now,” Lamb recalls. King also said that if Lamb did talk, “the people downtown, the politicians … would crush” Lamb.


Author: mayorlarryvaughn

My name is Larry Vaughn. You last saw me In 1975 in Amity, New York. I was the town's mayor when a rogue sheriff tried to frighten 4th of July tourists with talk of a great white shark lurking off the shallow waters. Needless to say, I was not pleased with the panic that ensued. "No danger!" I said. "Fun in the water!" Then the shark started gobbling people up. I now regret that I did not do more to protect the people who trusted me, and I want to make sure the same thing does not happen to the voters of Georgia. There are sharks lurking offshore (in Russia, for example) who want to hack your votes. Like me your elected leaders are quick to shout "No danger!"

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